How To Become A Professional Entertainer – Careersoft

Towards the end of 2014, I was asked by Careersoft to feature in a short 2 minute video briefly outlining what I do as a professional entertainer and magician, how I went about achieving my career and why I do it…

Careersoft – Job Explorer Database Entertainer Career

This short interview and video of me performing was going to represent the entire career and job description of an Entertainer in their Job Explorer Database, which is used by students in schools and colleges across the UK to help them find out more about career choices available and to motivate them to taking steps needed to enable them to start working in their desired field… no pressure then!

I almost forgot that I’d filmed this in December 2014, when a couple of days ago I received an email through with the video featuring last year’s former glorious goatie and a glimpse of my close up magic for customers at Red Hot World Buffet in Leeds – where you can currently find me most Saturday and Sunday afternoons between 12:30 – 3:30pm.

Professional Entertainer – Oliver Parker – Careersoft Entertainer Video

Of course, as soon as I’d finished the interview and the videographer had left I thought of a whole array of wonderful things I should have said. D’oh! Too late! But I’m quite happy with the above result – it’s interesting to know that this will be what teenagers see when browsing the database of 2200 job titles looking for something they actually want to do in life, hopefully I’m representing for all the other entertainers out there and inspiring enough for all those who wish to become one of us!

This has inspired me to write another post detailing my story of how I became a professional magician. Stay tuned to learn about my journey and tips of how to become a professional entertainer but until then, as I always say:

Pursue your passion!

Volvo Commuter Hijack Advert – Leeds Teaser

Volvo Commuter Hijack #3 Leeds

If you use Facebook or YouTube at all, recently you’ve probably had these Volvo Commuter Hijack adverts thrust in front of you. Basically 5 different people, selected via volvocommuterhijack.com, had £5000 each to spend on their Volvo Commuter Hijack day doing the most random, fun and entertaining stuff! They had a Volvo V40 R Design to transport them around on their day, along with Danny Wallace and a film crew to capture all their happenings, but they were only allowed to spend the money on experiences or something consumable (not a new tele or a load of beer unfortunately!).
This is so that each of their days can then be judged by the public from the 10th April 2013 at volvocommuterhijack.com, giving each voter the chance of winning their own Volvo Commuter Hijack style experience day, I think with £5000 to spend on doing their own crazy things, but the person out of the 5 days already filmed who was voted to have put on the best experience wins the Volvo V40 R Design car!

So how are you involved in this, Oliver?

Last month, 20th March 2013, I received a very last-minute call at around midday from an agency asking if I was available to come to Millennium Square in Leeds to perform close up magic for an hour from about 3pm! After negotiating a fee they didn’t actually confirm they wanted to hire me until 2:20pm, which made things quite interesting, especially as I was already hired later that evening for another Co-operative Regional Operations Managers team building evening.

So I rushed to get ready and managed to make it there at the same time as my friends from The Dance Mob, who had also been hired for this Flash Mob type event along with an Elvis impersonator and lots of free pizza for passers-by.

After a few minutes of waiting around and still wondering what the heck was going on an entire film crew appeared from nowhere and we filmed a few shots of Will and Danny Wallace instructing us on our mission – to provide a flash mob and entertain the people of Leeds over the next 45 minutes or so!

I set to work astounding groups of students on their way to college, families having a day out in the centre and other randomers as the Dance Mob put on a stunning choreographed show, Elvis handed out free pizza and the film crew captured bits of what was going on.

With March being incredibly chilly in comparison with last year, my hands were freezing! It actually started hailing whilst I was performing for people so I was surprised I still managed to perform my sleight of hand close up magic!

Remember to vote for Will and his Leeds experience!

Best Wedding Entertainer in Leeds – Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards

Professional Wedding Magician in Leeds

Towards the end of the hectic wedding magician season last year, I entered the Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2012, along with hundreds of professional wedding suppliers including wedding photographers, wedding videographers, wedding florists, wedding venues, wedding bands and of course other professional wedding magicians – pretty much every kind of wedding vendor you could think of from England, Scotland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand!

I asked brides, grooms, previous clients and their guests who had actually seen me perform as a wedding magician to vote for me as the Best Entertainer (Non Musical). Not only was I competing against other wedding magicians, but a whole range of other professional wedding entertainers such as caricature artists, casinos, photo booths and other top wedding entertainers in Leeds, England and worldwide.

I was delighted that in the short space of time the voting was open I received lots of votes and encouraging messages from people who had hired me for their weddings showing their support!

Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards – Results

So for those lovely people who voted, you’ll probably want to know the results…

Oliver Parker – Close Up Magician
Best Entertainer (Non Musical)
Total number of votes: 109

Congratulations! You have achieved the following:
Winner: Best Entertainer (Non Musical) – Leeds
Finalist: Top 10 Best Entertainer (Non Musical) – England – Ranking: 4 of 10
Finalist: Top 100 Best Entertainer (Non Musical) – Worldwide – Ranking: 8 of 100

Not only was I awarded the best wedding entertainer in Leeds award, but I was also a finalist coming 4th overall in the country and ranking in the top 10 (coming 8th) in the whole world, wow!

So, a massive thank you for all of my previous clients and fans – the wonderful Brides & Grooms and their guests who voted for me as the best wedding entertainer in Leeds – you deserve a magic trick (just ask me to show you some magic next time you see me!).

I already have plenty of weddings booked in for 2013 so look forward to another fun year helping couples celebrate their special day in style!

If you want to add a bit of extra magic to your wedding day, I’d love to be your wedding magician…

GET YOUR WEDDING MAGICIAN QUOTE NOW!

 

Recent Event Statistics

“So… have you had much work on recently?”

This is something I’ve been asked countless times, not just by friends, but from guests at events and people interested in booking a close up magician. So I thought I would take a moment to calculate and share some interesting statistics from the last couple of months.

In July and August alone…Birthday party magician

I was hired to perform close up magic at 27 different events in the last 2 months! That averages out at around 3 and a third events per week, although the majority were obviously at weekends.

Out of those 27, I was performing as a wedding magician on 10 different couples big days, an adult Birthday party magician at 8 events, a night club magician on 3 different occasions, wedding anniversary magician on a few other dates, as well as a corporate magician, engagement party magician and even as a Christening magician!

So how many scenic drives has your new car had?

B-Boy Twist - Breakdance show after performing close up magic

“You guys did an excellent job on the dance floor and you did a fantastic job as a magician. People are talking about you still!” – Curt Johnson

These events have included performances as far as Gorleston-on-sea in Great Yarmouth for a 40th Birthday party where I was hired to perform magic followed by a breakdance show with my crew at a beautiful location next to the best British beach I’ve ever seen – this 5+ hour journey required an overnight stay! Another close up magician slot followed by a breakdance show combo was for an Envision event at Leeds City Museum.

Breakdancers for hire

“Oliver is professional, full of energy and cool. Not only has he provided us with excellent customer service but he also made our events pretty funky and special!” – Laurie Clemenceau – Envision Co-Ordinator

Night club magician - Oliver Parker

Night Club Magician – Performing at Mission in Leeds

I’ve also entertained at Entourage night club in Manchester, weddings in Richmond, Great Broughton in Middlesbrough, The Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate, Rothwell in Leeds, Halifax, The Waterton Park Hotel at Walton Hall in Wakefield (one of my favourite venues!), Brighouse, Huddersfield, a couple of Asian weddings – one of which at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley (another favourite venue!), a close up magic show in Giggleswick, a party in Whitby, a nightclub in Bradford, as well as several events in and around Leeds! It was nice to be back to my home town of Horsforth in Leeds for a joint 50th and 21st Birthday party too!

Yorkshire Wedding Magician

Wedding Magician in Tunstall, Richmond – North Yorkshire

I was actually booked as a surprise for several of these events – a surprise magician seems to be a really popular idea at the moment and always goes down really well!

Of course every single event was enormous fun, I met a lot of fantastic people and I’ve been encouraged to push even harder to learn new and exciting magic to get great reactions from the guests!

And the last statistic:

I received 100% positive feedback from the people who booked me 🙂 including emails of thanks from very satisfied Brides & Grooms and testimonials from ecstatic clients on my Feedback page as well as my Google+ Corporate & Wedding Magician page!

So that’s mostly what I’ve been up to in this none existent summer – having a totally awesome time amazing the heck out of, what must have been, thousands of people at plenty of different events!

Coming up this week I’ll be performing office magic as a corporate magician for O2 again in Leeds for their Guru department’s 1st Anniversary, a surprise wedding magician in Bradford (shhhhh, don’t tell them) and adding a touch of my magic to a 50th Birthday party in Chapel Allerton!

So now you know I’ve got plenty of performance experience up my sleeves (but nothing else, honest) and am a full time professional close up magician – you know you can trust me as your specialist close up magician.

I’m expecting Christmas party magician season this year to be even busier than these last 2 months so if you’re in need of something different to break the ice and give your guests/staff something fun to chat about…

Add a sprinkle of awesomeness to your event

Get in touch now before I’m fully booked!